What are the best Value Canon lenses?

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J A C S
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The 135L, IMO.

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I don’t shoot EF-S anymore, but I agree with the favorable comments about the 55-250! The comments about the 50/1.8 are also spot on. The non-IS version of the 70-200/4 was also an amazing value for many years. L zoom quality for less than $600 (not sure if that’s still true!).

if you use it a lot, even an expensive lens can be a great value. I used the original version of the 100-400L for fifteen years. It suffered enormous abuse but kept on performing, and I probably got more great shots per dollar from that lens than any other I will ever own. I also used my original version 300/2.8 IS for a long time, and am still using it, but with the high cost it didn’t provide quite as good bang per buck. Of course the value for each person will be much more individual and subjective in this second group.

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Scott Larson Veteran Member • Posts: 6,367
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My best value lens: the 200mm f2.8L. I think it's the cheapest L lens, or at least it was when I bought one on sale on a whim. It's very much like a longer slower 135mm f2.

I've seen many photographers shoot their heavy expensive 70-200mm f2.8 lens at 200mm the whole time. I gave up on that and starting using the 200mm f2.8 instead.

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Scott Larson wrote:

My best value lens: the 200mm f2.8L. I think it's the cheapest L lens, or at least it was when I bought one on sale on a whim. It's very much like a longer slower 135mm f2.

I've seen many photographers shoot their heavy expensive 70-200mm f2.8 lens at 200mm the whole time. I gave up on that and starting using the 200mm f2.8 instead.

I have been wrestling with idea of getting a 200 f/2.8. I recently shot a school event with my 135 f/2 and the amount I needed to crop (admittedly from a less-than optimal shooting location) suggested 200mm. I find the 135 f/2 focuses quickly and accurately. How does the 200 f/2.8 compare?

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Lost99999 Regular Member • Posts: 219
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Hi - got the 200/f2.8 as well. Also because its nice and compact and black. Lens is also very sharp - no problem to crop it a bit further.

Focus is very fast and accurate on both 6dii and RP.

I do not have the 135 to compare with.

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Canon 28-70mm f3.5-4.5 is a cracking used lens. Read the review in Optical Limits

Scott Larson Veteran Member • Posts: 6,367
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Dave wrote:

I find the 135 f/2 focuses quickly and accurately. How does the 200 f/2.8 compare?

No difference. I use both these lenses shooting volleyball which will test the speed of your autofocus.

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jdcarlson Junior Member • Posts: 29
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I posted a similar comment on another forum earlier - please forgive the duplication.

To me the best "bank for the buck" is the old 80-200 2.8L (aka "Magic Drainpipe") if you can find one. I had one with my first DSLR (2003 10D) and optically it was first rate. It did not have IS, and some people said it was a little slow on the focus, but those never gave me any problem.

Plus - it was black - so I did not attract any attention when I used it (compared to the 70-200 newer white zooms).

I wish I still had it.

If you can find one on the used market in decent shape it will do a good job for you!

Thanks,

Jim

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haroldson5 Junior Member • Posts: 47
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I'm surprised no one has mentioned the 17-55 2.8 for crop. There has been a huge drop in price on this lens. It's now only $550. That's half of what it used to be.

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haroldson5 wrote:

I'm surprised no one has mentioned the 17-55 2.8 for crop. There has been a huge drop in price on this lens. It's now only $550. That's half of what it used to be.

I felt like that lens was overpriced to begin with. It's certainly a decent lens, and the standout is, of course, the brighter f2.8 aperture. But it's not exceptional, really, in any other way. Canon should have updated to an STM version years ago, and the lack of that feature in a DPAF world seems a bit limiting. And even Sigma's OS version is about $275 these days, making it an attractive alternative.

I sold my copy years ago. Paired it very happily with a 7DII. But I was nailing focus more successfully with a 5DIII and an older 28-70/2.8 L. And with DPAF, I was starting to do more video. So it made sense to let it go. As I said, it's a good lens. But "bang for the buck" is one thing in particular I always thought underwhelming about this lens.

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50mm STM.  Amazing colour, contrast and sharp as heck!  And tiny and affordable.

24mm F2.8 STM pancake,  Tiny, great colour and contrast and sharp as heck and amazing value.  Slightly slower AF than the 50mm but not at all bad.

Wider - the 11-22 is excellent in good light and from 18mm onwards has very low distortion compared to kit zooms.  Again, great price.

I never shoot longer than 24mm anymore really so hard to say about longer lenses.

I've never owned it but if 50mm is too long (it is for my tastes) then the 40mm F2.8 pancake is also a fantastic lens.

Canon really know how to spoil their APS-C shooters!

With the 11-22, 24mm f2.8 and 40mm or 50mm you have WA to short tele covered at the cost of say one Fuji (I love Fuji so not a dig) prime and still great performance!

Long live Canon lenses!

(I'm still waiting for an 18mm F2/ f2.8 but it will never happen so I'd use the 11-22 at 18mm as way less distortion at 18mm than 18-55mm lenses.)

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EOS GUY wrote:

(I'm still waiting for an 18mm F2/ f2.8 but it will never happen so I'd use the 11-22 at 18mm as way less distortion at 18mm than 18-55mm lenses.)

Did you see this?

https://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/4381489#forum-post-62518005

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Dave wrote:

EOS GUY wrote:

(I'm still waiting for an 18mm F2/ f2.8 but it will never happen so I'd use the 11-22 at 18mm as way less distortion at 18mm than 18-55mm lenses.)

Did you see this?

https://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/4381489#forum-post-62518005

The 16 and17 1.8's would be quite large.  Larger than i tend to use

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EOS GUY wrote:

Dave wrote:

EOS GUY wrote:

(I'm still waiting for an 18mm F2/ f2.8 but it will never happen so I'd use the 11-22 at 18mm as way less distortion at 18mm than 18-55mm lenses.)

Did you see this?

https://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/4381489#forum-post-62518005

The 16 and17 1.8's would be quite large. Larger than i tend to use

I do not think that any of them will see the light of the day.

Dave
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J A C S wrote:

EOS GUY wrote:

Dave wrote:

EOS GUY wrote:

(I'm still waiting for an 18mm F2/ f2.8 but it will never happen so I'd use the 11-22 at 18mm as way less distortion at 18mm than 18-55mm lenses.)

Did you see this?

https://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/4381489#forum-post-62518005

The 16 and17 1.8's would be quite large. Larger than i tend to use

I do not think that any of them will see the light of the day.

Probably right. If one did, however, I'd like it to be the 14mm f/1.8.

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the stm's to have

1)  55-250 stm

2) 18-55 stm (the older one with f3.5)

3) 10-18 stm

4)  24 stm ( this one is not IS but light weight)

Canon has good value in the 100L and the 35 f2 IS

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